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Rangers: Ball’s concern over Kent

Rangers must avoid a grave error with Ryan Kent following Michael Ball’s transfer claim about him perhaps being tempted to make a move away from Ibrox.

What’s the talk?

Former Rangers defender Michael Ball has suggested that Ryan Kent could be tempted to quit the club this summer to move to the Premier League with Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United.

Ball has claimed that Leeds have shown an interest in Kent and that the pull of the Premier League could entice Kent into a switch down south away from Glasgow.

He told the Transfer Tavern:

“When you have a good year, you want to capitalise and get better terms and Leeds have shown an interest and it’s a huge pull to come back into the Premier League.”

According to the Scottish Sun, Rangers rejected an £11m bid from Leeds in the summer of 2020 and the Premier League club has retained an interest in the winger. The report was published in April of this year, with Leeds said to be considering a £15m offer for Kent this summer.

Is Kent worth more than £15m?

Yes

Yes

No

No

Back in 2019, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hailed the “wonderful” winger after he impressed in a friendly for the Premier League side. He told Liverpool TV, as transcribed by Leeds Live:

“He is a wonderful kid, a wonderful player.”

Grave error

Selling Kent this summer would constitute a grave error for the club. Rangers must avoid cashing in on him now as they could be on the verge of starting something special. The Gers sealed their first top-flight title in a decade this year and now need to build on their success, rather than dismantling their excellent team and rebuilding ahead of next season, which is what would need to happen if Kent left the club.

Rangers should be attempting to add to their squad instead of taking away from it. This could then give them the platform to build a dynasty under Steven Gerrard and begin to dominate Scottish football, as Celtic did with their nine straight titles prior to the 2020/21 campaign. To do this, they will need their best players to build some momentum over several years to show other potential transfer targets that they are the club to join in Scotland.

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The £18k-per-week ace, Kent, has proven himself to be one of the club’s top performers over the past few seasons in Scotland. Kent was named in the Scottish Premiership PFA Team of the Year in the 2018/19 and 2020/21 campaigns, establishing himself as one of the elite players in the division.

The 24-year-old scored eight goals and assisted seven others in 33 league appearances in the season just gone, averaging a superb WhoScored rating of 7.40 – a score only James Tavernier could better.

This highlights Kent’s importance to Rangers and why selling him now would be a grave error by the club. His contract expires in 2023, which means that Rangers do not have to worry about him running down his deal and leaving on a free next summer. If Rangers get to 2022 and Kent has not committed to a contract extension, then the time could be right to consider cashing in on him so to avoid losing him for nothing, but letting him leave this summer should not be a consideration.

AND in other news, Gerrard must entice his “very good” friend to Rangers after pundit’s transfer claim…

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